After a 30-year British Council career which took him to Baghdad, Rome, Brussels, Ottawa and Rabat, Martin is an experienced cultural relations professional and theorist. Retired in 2018, he is a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for Islamic Studies, and Director of the 2018 Hammamet Conference on the Impact of Technical Innovation on Society. He writes widely (in 2016 he published There and Back by Candle-Light, an account of his experiences in Baghdad before and during the Gulf War of 1990, and in 2018 A Morocco Anthology: Travel Writing through the Centuries); and he consults and writes on issues in education in the Middle East, cultural relations, cultural preservation, radicalisation and other related subjects. With an academic background in the Middle East (M Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford), Martin is an experienced and creative thinker and contributor across a wide spectrum of activity. He blogs as Mercurius Maghrebensis.
I was interviewed recently by a colleague for a thesis she is writing on religion and Cultural Relations. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but the conversation came back to me in fragments last week in Périgord, sitting by a log fire, eating walnuts and reading Shusako Endo’s extraordinary novel, Silence. Endo’s story … More Wholly Overlapping Magisteria